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Via Alpina Trail: Where to Stay in Austria
In mid-July writer Alex Crevar and photographer Carly Calhoun set out to thru-hike 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) along the Via Alpina.
Text by Alex Crevar  
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The huts, alms (high-pasture farms where farmers bring cattle in the late spring and summer), and B&Bs are listed below in order as they are reached on the red trail from Carinthia to Osttirol.

In most cases, they cost around $15 to $25 for bed and breakfast. Waking up at 4:30 a.m. to watch the farmers bring in the cows is optional and free of charge.

1) Gasthaus Sennerei
This is a great place to drop the pack because the food is outstanding—with traditional soups and fresh cheese (which you can watch being made)—and the beer is free flowing. Also, the cows roam between the cars driving along the alm's service road. Inside the guesthouse, the rooms are simple, wooden, and rustic. But by hut standards, they are at least four-star.

Gasthaus Sennerei
Egger Alm
9631 Tropolach

Phone: +011 43 676 5075 345

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2) Biedermeier Schlössl Lerchenhof
Located in the heart of Carinthia, this Biedermeier-era castle-turned-hotel is a wonderful place to use as a homebase to investigate the area's many lakes and take a couple days off from trekking. While here, enjoy fantastic speck—something like prosciutto—produced right on the grounds.

Biedermeier Schlössl Lerchenhof
A 9620 Hermagor
Phone:  +011 43 4282 2100

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3) Alpenhof Plattner
In the winter, this hotel serves the humungous ski resort, Nassfeld. In the summer, it turns into a hikers hut/dorm. Ask for a bedroom if you want to upgrade from the bunkhouse. The restaurant in the hotel is more than sufficient, and the owner knows the area like the back of his paw.

Alpenhof Plattner
Sonnenalpe Nassfeld
Nassfeld 99

Phone: +011 43 4285 8285

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4) Straniger Alm
This is closer to the real alm experience with cows milling about, goats bahhh-ing, and a real-trekkers-only atmosphere. Even with all that bucolic charm dripping like buttermilk from the corner of your mouth, the rooms here are nicer than in the typical bunk-style huts, with big beds and balconies overlooking the farm. 

Straniger Alm
9631 Jenig 19

Phone: +011 43 664 425 0760


5) Dr. Steinwenderhutte
This is a real cozy and scenic mountain hut with trekkers milling about drinking steaming drinks and comparing map routes. The proprietors here are super friendly and the big bunk room is all that a sleeping room should be: part lemming can and part slumber party … hopefully minus the pillow fights. 

Dr. Steinwenderhutte
9652 Birnbaum Telefon Huette

Phone: +011 43 664 106 0014 

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